Which Career Has The Best Job Perks?
On the one hand, you want a job. Not just a job – a real, substantial, meaningful long-term career. We’ve all seen the headlines about declining pay, low or no raises, and the rising cost of healthcare just to name a few. According to a new study from employer review site Glassdoor, there are two industries that lead the way for employee benefits – Technology and Finance.
It makes sense, as likely the first companies that come to mind for amazing employee perks are visionary businesses like Google (free rides to and from work); Apple (outstanding cuisine, benefits for part-time employees, and yes – free apples); and Facebook (fully stocked kitchens in every building). Local analytics leader SAS in Cary, NC has legendary perks that include a live piano player at lunchtime in the cafeteria. Salesforce offers in-office meditation sessions led by monks and mindfulness rooms on every floor.
While few tech companies have benefits that rival those, researchers in the study looked at overall benefits including parental leave, 401(k) plans, and free lunch and snacks. One of the main reasons why providing employee perks is so important is the increasing lack of employee engagement (A Gallup report in January, 2016 indicated only 32 percent of U.S. workers is engaged in their job.
Do you work in the retail or food service sector? Congratulations – these industries offer the worst benefits on average in the study, but you likely already knew that. Glassdoor economist Andrew Chamberlain says places with the lowest unemployment levels offer more opportunity to negotiate on salary, wages, and benefits, and cited Raleigh, North Carolina as an example.
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